Silicone Rubber at Silicone Engineering
Silicone rubber, or to give it its scientific name, Poly-Siloxane is an amazing material. It’s an inorganic synthetic elastomer made from cross linked silicone based polymer. As such, it offers a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties that organic elastomers cannot manage. Widely used in industry, it is generally non reactive, stable and resistant in extreme environments, stresses and temperatures. Most impressively it can be formulated to operate consistently at -60°C to 300°C whilst still maintaining its useful properties. At extreme temperatures, silicone rubber’s mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and compression set are far superior to those with conventional organic rubbers whose carbon composition leaves them susceptible to UV, heat and other ageing factors, factors that silicone rubber can easily withstand. This makes silicone the most suitable elastomer for most applications. It is also highly inert and doesn’t react to most chemicals and or the environment. This makes it ideal for most food and medical applications.
There are many grades and forms of silicone rubber including metal detectable (metectSil™), anti-microbial (neutraSil™), high tear strength (kSil™VAC), extreme high temperature (kSil™THT), low smoke/toxicity emitting (suraSil™LCH) and flame retardant (suraSil™FR). We can manufacture all these grades in either solid or closed cell sponge form in virtually any colour. When we’ve mixed and coloured it, we can process the silicone compound into calendered sheeting or extrude it into tubes, strips, cord or custom profiles and as a leading manufacturer we process to the highest industry and safety standards. So now you know a little about silicone rubber find out what sets Silicone Engineering apart from the competition by viewing some of our other videos.